US consulate in pact with an NGO to stop women trafficking
The consulate is collaborating with Apne Aap Women Worldwide to launch this anti-trafficking campaign among prospective migrants.
Posters highlighting the problems of human trafficking will be displayed in the consulate's visa waiting room. The consular section is also distributing brochures and pamphlets to visa applicants containing information on the nature of the problem.
The brochures also contain contact details of helplines both in the US and India so that people going to the US can get help in case they are forced into prostitution or servitude.
"In the US, a victim of crime has rights. Victim assistance, such as counselling, emergency shelter and legal aid, is available. There are laws that could help you regardless of your immigration status," a brochure said. It also states that victims of abuse or violence can also contact the National Women's Health Information Center at the US Department of Health & Human Services.
In fact, the US has a special visa category, T Visa, to bail out victims arrested for crimes they have been forced to commit.
"This is a special case where the US law sees you first as a 'victim' other than a criminal. So, even if a person is arrested for, say prostitution, but it turns
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